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Brunch Drinks: French 79th from The Country Cat in Portland, OR

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[Photograph: Heather Arndt Anderson]

In Portland, Oregon—like in many cities—brunch and breakfast establishments abound. It's not that we're too lazy to make our own breakfast and brunch; it's just that there are so many good places to eat out, that why would we bother messing up our own kitchens with biscuits and gravy or eggs Benny?

Take The Country Cat, for instance: home-style cooking with an upscale twist. Of course, if I'm feeling too cozy to leave the house, I can cook many of those delicious things myself—my homemade challah French toast is a Thing to Be Reckoned With, after all. And I recently tried my hand at The Country Cat's beatific cocktail, the French 79th (named after the classic French 75 and the street on which the restaurant sits), and found a new favorite.

The French 79th has everything you need at brunch, and more: grapefruit-infused gin, elderflower liqueur, rhubarb bitters and sparkling wine.

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About the Author: Portland, Oregon native Heather Arndt Anderson is the author of the food blog Voodoo & Sauce. She was recently published in the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, for which she penned the Pacific Northwest chapter.

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